05/20/2009, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
May 16th... Marsh Harbour
05/20/2009, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
After coffee and some writing Abby called, but before long we were cut off. The time on our pre-paid card had run out. There were a few grocery items that we forgot yesterday so I went ashore for a hike and to run some errands.
We had a little shower in the morning but didn't get enough rain to do much good.
Kathy was suffering from a bad stomach so we didn't do much in the afternoon. We did make some bacon wrapped water chestnuts which we took over to "Fine Lion" at about 5 to celebrate Steve's last alimony payment. We had seared tuna along with our bacon warps and really didn't need any supper.
In the evening we watched "The Changeling" which I found almost too disturbing to watch.
May 14th... Marsh Harbour, Abacos
It was relatively windy during the night and I didn't sleep all that well. Up at 4:30, I dozed on the settee until it was time to listen to the weather at 6:30. It is going to be crappy this weekend and probably won't clear up totally until the middle of the week.
One of our propane tanks was almost empty so rather that waiting until it was dry, I ran it in to the Hardware store before noon to get it filled and back this afternoon. It's so easy here that it makes sense to just get it done. We now have enough propane to last us well into the summer.
Later Kathy and I went ashore to make a run to the ATM machine and then to the grocery. We didn't buy half a cart full and spent $127. The meat here is expensive and we picked up chicken, a corned beef, bacon, ham and a beef roast. I returned to the boat with our purchases while Kathy walked down to the restaurant where we had decided to meet. After getting things in the refrigerator I joined her and a few minutes later Steve and Kim showed up as well.
They wanted to walk a ways further to have a burger at a road side stand that they had visited last year. It turned out the be the best burger we've had all winter.
When we finished, the ladies walked back the government dock shopping a little on the way, while Steve and I retrieved the dinghies and met them a little later.
We returned to the Hardware to pick out our propane tanks and by the time we returned to the boat it 5pm.
After eating such a late lunch we decided to have popcorn with a movie and call it good.
Hope Town Lighthouse
05/15/2009, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Forgot to post this pic from Hope Town
May 13th... Lynyard Cay to Marsh Harbour, Abacos
I was up at 6am mostly because dawn is at 5:30 and I thought that I'd slept in....I wrote in peace for a half hour before tuning in Chirrs for the weather. It is going to be windy and rainy for a few days...I hope. We weighted anchor a little before 9:30 and had all our sails up in about 5 minutes making 4 knots to the north. After an hour we reached North Bar Cut and decided to exit the banks and try some fishing. "Fine Lion," who was behind us decided to stay inside and pick up some Swiss cheese at Vernon's Store in Hope Town. In truth, they were hauling their dinghy with the motor on... which is a big no-no anytime you're on the ocean.
Managing the cut was easy and we were soon sailing at 7 knots with everything up in 10 to 15 knot winds. We had two lines in the water and were trying to stay between 100 and 200 feet where we've had our best luck fishing.
By noon we were at Elbow Cay with the wind dying. We turned to the north aiming for The North Man-of War Cut which was about an hour away. Down wind was too rolly so we fired up the engine and motor sailed to the cut.
We didn't have a hit in our 3 hour ocean voyage but turned off the engine once we cleared the cut and set a beam reach course for Marsh Harbour. Again... it was a perfect sail.
There was lots of room to anchor but just as we began the process of backing down the over heating alarm when off. Kathy turned reached down and turned off the engine and we decided to wait for it to cool off before we finished anchoring.
Steve and Kim sailed in an hour or so later as I was lowering the dinghy to run in to town for some tonic. We are out of Soda Club Tonic and have not been able to make anything even close to substitute.
They had picked up some Swiss cheese (a rare commodity here in the Bahamas) for us at Hopetown and brought it over later in the afternoon. We had G & T's with them in the cockpit and later cooked some pork chops and baked potatoes for dinner...which we enjoyed with a tossed salad.